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TUITION AND FINANCIAL AID

More than $23 Million in Scholarships Awarded Last Year

Scholarships Make Tuition Even More Affordable

Great news! Through the generosity of numerous corporations and foundations, plus our own suite of scholarships, WGU maintains a robust program of scholarships made available to qualified students.

Scholarships are one of the many ways in which WGU removes obstacles from your path to achieving your education goals and improving your career opportunities. It’s part of our investment in the future of our students.

Featured Scholarships

Scholarship Eligibility and Information

For New or Returning Students

Eligibility requirements for new or returning students may vary for each scholarship. Students are eligible to apply within 90 days of starting a degree program (either before or after).

Competitive Scholarship Programs

Recipients will be chosen based upon their academic record, financial need, readiness for online study, and current competency, plus other considerations specific to the individual scholarship.

One Scholarship Award per Degree

If a student qualifies for multiple scholarships, the scholarship committee will consider each opportunity and select which one to award, if any.

NOTE: WGU employees and family members who are eligible for the employee discount cannot apply.

Grants & Scholarships

A scholarship to provide a device, internet access, and a webcam to students who might not otherwise has internet access. 

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Multiple grants will be awarded to individuals who do not have access to traditional state and federal funding–such as Pell Grants and students loans.

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Twenty-five scholarships will be awarded throughout 2022 and each is worth $5,000 in tuition.

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For individuals who are ready to ramp up their careers, show what they have to offer, and take the lead in their chosen field. 

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For adult learners who are facing significant financial barriers in pursuing a WGU degree.

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For motivated executive assistants, secretaries, receptionists, and other administrative support professionals.

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For EMTs, police, firefighters, corrections officers, dispatchers, and their spouses.

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For rural residents who want to complete their college education but were previously unable to because they lacked access to internet service.

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Master your future with a master's degree from WGU.

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For WGU alums who are interested in pursuing a master's degree.

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For the child or spouse of a WGU grad who desires to experience their own WGU journey.

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For new students who are keen on pursuing a bachelor's or master's degree at WGU.

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For students in midwestern communities (North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana, Kentucky, West Virginia or Ohio) who are keen on pursuing a bachelor's or master's degree at WGU.

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For financial members of the nine historically Black Greek letter organizations (BGLOs) that make up the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC).

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For members of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. who are pursuing a bachelor's or master's degree at WGU.

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For WGU students affiliated with one of our community outreach partners that are seeking to obtain a Bachelor's degree in any of WGU's four colleges.

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For low-income or first-generation students who are EOP&S students and currently enrolled in a California Community College and wish to earn a WGU bachelor's degree.

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For graduates and staff of WGU partner community colleges looking to earn a WGU bachelor’s or master’s degree.

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For employees of WGU’s partner institutions who wish to advance their education in the business, education, information technology, or healthcare fields.

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For motivated Phi Theta Kappa members with an associate's degree who wish to continue their education and earn a bachelor's degree.

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WGU has partnered with the Corporation for National and Community Service to help AmeriCorps alumni finish a bachelor’s or master’s degree.

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For motivated students who have completed at least four StraighterLine courses who wish to continue their education and earn a degree.

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For Red Cross employees and volunteers who are new WGU students that want to earn a WGU bachelor's or master's degree.

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WGU has partnered with the Western Association of Food Chains to help employees of eligible WAFC partner institutions earn a bachelor’s or master’s degree.

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For Morris Brown graduates pursuing an approved graduate level program.

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WGU is pleased to offer the WGU Collaborative Agreement Scholarship to new students or returning graduates. These scholarships, each valued up to $2,500, are designed for employees of WGU’s partner collaboratives that are seeking to advance their education in any of WGU’s four colleges.

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For employees and members of WGU’s partner institutions who wish to advance their education in the business, education, information technology, or healthcare fields.

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For transfer students from Study.com who wish to continue their education at WGU and earn a degree to take their careers forward.

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The Dr. Julie Aiken Hansen Scholarship Fund was created to provide financial support to brand new nurses, clinical providers, and nursing educators entering the field.

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In honor of Margaret McClure,  a champion of the value of higher education in nursing, this scholarship is offered to students who have demonstrated activism or innovation in nursing that improves patient outcomes.

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For new MSN or health leadership students at WGU who display the spirit and commitment to leadership exemplified by Linda Knodel.

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For Cleveland Clinic employees to earn a bachelor's or master's degree in a health, business, or information technology program.

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For CHP students residing in Jefferson County Missouri (valued up to $3,000 per scholarship recipient).

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For students who are eager to advance their careers in the healthcare field with a WGU bachelor's degree in health services coordination.

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For ANPD members looking to earn a WGU online bachelor’s degree or master's degree in nursing or healthcare.

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For experienced IT or healthcare professionals who wish to attend college online to move into the high-demand field of health information management.

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For employees of WGU’s partner hospitals and healthcare organizations who wish to advance their education to become educators, managers, and leaders in vital healthcare fields.

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For nursing professionals pursuing a post-master's certificate in nursing.

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For Society for Human Resource Management national, regional, or chapter leaders who are looking to add a bachelor’s or master’s degree to their résumé.

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For  Cleveland Clinic employees to earn a bachelor's or master's degree in a health, business, or information technology program.

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A donor-funded scholarship that will support students who have high financial need and wish to enroll at WGU to study business.

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Gain the skills and credentials you need to build a strong career in cybersecurity with a bachelor's or master's degree from WGU.

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For Cleveland Clinic employees to earn a bachelor's or master's degree in IT.

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For students earning or advancing their careers in Information Technology. 

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For Black, Latina, and Native American (BLNA) women wanting to build or grow tech-focused careers. 

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For prospective teachers who want to earn their teacher certification and current educators ready to advance their careers.

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For aspiring teachers, this scholarship can be applied toward any of WGU’s Teachers College degree programs leading to teacher licensure.

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For the men and women who work in America’s K–12 schools and districts who desire to earn a WGU bachelor's or master's degree.

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For members of Gold Star Families who desire to earn a WGU degree.

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For spouses of active duty military personnel, veterans, guard, and reservists.

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For service members, veterans, spouses, and dependents in the U.S. Armed Forces.

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For United States Army and National Guard Members who are pursuing a WGU degree.

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WGU offers active-duty military personnel, veterans, and their spouses an opportunity to advance their education.

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For active-duty military, designed to help fill the gap between tuition assistance benefit amounts and WGU's tuition. 

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3 Steps to Apply for WGU Scholarships

1. Complete the Admissions Application

To be considered for any WGU scholarships, you must be provisionally accepted as a WGU student.

Complete the admissions application and work with your enrollment counselor to move through the admissions process.

NOTE: Returning WGU graduates should complete the Returning Graduate Application.

2. Complete the General Scholarship Application

The general application is required for all WGU scholarships, and lets us learn more about you and which scholarships you may be eligible for. To access the application, you will need your MyWGU student portal credentials, which will be sent to you shortly after Step 1.

NOTE: You are eligible to apply for scholarships within 90 days of starting a degree program, either before or after. You must complete the application within 90 days of your intended start date. *Students beginning on or after October 1, 2022 will have 90 days before starting a degree program and 30 days after starting a degree program to apply for scholarships.

3. Log in to Scholarship Portal and Apply

Based on what you tell us in Step 2, we’ll let you know which scholarships you might be eligible for.  Finish up by reviewing the recommended opportunities and completing the supplemental application for each scholarship you’d like to be considered for.

NOTE: These additional applications need to be submitted within 5 days of submitting the general application.

State Scholarships

WGU IDAHO PARTNERSHIP SCHOLARSHIP ($4,000)

For new students or returning graduates residing in the state of Idaho who want to further their education at WGU.

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WGU PUBLIC SERVICE RECOGNITION SCHOLARSHIP ($2,500)

In honor of Public Service Recognition, this is a scholarship opportunity exclusive to those working for the State of Indiana. 

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MONTANA PARTNERSHIP SCHOLARSHIP ($4,000)

For new students or returning graduates residing in the state of Montana who want to further their education at WGU.

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TEACH NEVADA SCHOLARSHIP ($18,000)

For new students who are pursuing an undergrad degree and intending to obtain a license to teach early childhood, grades K-12 or special education in Nevada.

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WGU NORTH CAROLINA 5TH ANNIVERSARY SCHOLARSHIP ($10,000)

To celebrate WGU North Carolina's 5th Anniversary, five recipients will receive tuition credit of $2,500 per term (renewable for up to four terms) for a total of $10,000 each.

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WGU NORTH CAROLINA MILITARY SERVICE SCHOLARSHIP ($2,500)

WGU North Carolina is partnering with the USO of North Carolina to offer the Military Service Scholarship for local active duty, veteran military personnel, and their family members.

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TEACH FOR AMERICA–NORTH CAROLINA SCHOLARSHIP ($2,500)

For North Carolina TFA members who are either new WGU students (within 90 days of enrolling) or returning WGU graduates (within 90 days of beginning the continuing program).

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WGU TEXAS TRAILBLAZER SCHOLARSHIP ($5,000)

In celebration of the more than 8,000 Texans who have earned a WGU Texas degree, this scholarship is for motivated Texans wishing to further their education.

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HOUSTON ISD BECOME A TEACHER SCHOLARSHIP ($4,000)

For Houston ISD employees who are pursuing an initial licensure program in the Teachers College.

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FINISH TO GO FURTHER WITH WGU TEXAS SCHOLARSHIP ($2,500)

To help more students reach their goal of finishing a college degree.

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GRADULET SCHOLARSHIP ($2,500)

For members of the Harmony Public Schools alumni network and community who wish to advance their education in the business, education, information technology, or healthcare fields.

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WGU UTAH PARTNERSHIP SCHOLARSHIP ($4,000)

For new students or returning graduates residing in the state of Utah who want to further their education at WGU.

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WGU WASHINGTON COMMUNITY COLLEGE GRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP ($2,000)

For graduates from a community college in Washington who wish to continue their education to earn a bachelor’s or master’s degree.

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Common Questions About Scholarships

It depends on the specific criteria for the scholarship fund. In general, we award scholarships based on the following factors:

  • Meeting the basic eligibility requirements
  • The quality of your scholarship application response
  • Financial need is also a strong consideration for most of our scholarship funds

Some scholarships are also based upon evaluations of prior college transcripts and other academic history. We encourage you to apply.

WGU evaluates scholarship applications on a continual basis because we start new students in their programs every month. Often we are able to make an award decision within 8–10 weeks of receiving your application. You will also need to have applied for admission and been accepted to the university. An Enrollment Counselor can help explain the process.

No. New scholarship awards are divided into a set amount per term. This amount is credited against your tuition due for each term. The details are explained in the description for each scholarship.

Yes. You probably should apply for federal financial aid, too. Scholarship awards will only cover a portion of your school expenses, and financial aid can help pay for the rest. You can apply for financial aid while you are waiting for a decision about your scholarship application. It will not hurt your chances to win a scholarship. Here is the full information on financial aid.

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Thank You to our Donors

Scholarship opportunities are made possible in part by the generous support of many companies, foundations, partner organizations, and individuals, including WGU alumni, faculty, and staff. Learn how donors can make a difference at WGU.